Grammy- and Emmy-nominated pianist and singer Michael Feinstein has shared another glimpse of his upcoming Gershwin Country collaboration album. The new track is his duet with Amy Grant of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”.
Feinstein announced the imminent release off the album last month and premiered its lead track, a rendition of “Someone to Watch Over Me,” featuring the 27-time Grammy winner Alison Krauss. The album was recorded in Nashville and features interpretations of George and Ira Gershwin’s songbook through the lens of country music, dueting with some of the genre’s biggest stars.
The evergreen ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’ was originally written for the 1937 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film shall we dance. Astaire released it with the Johnny Green Orchestra that year, and there were soon rival versions of billie holiday, Jimmy Dorsey and others. Over the next few decades it was recorded by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett and hundreds of others. In recent years the song has been performed by Gloria Estefan, Rod Stewartand Brian Wilson.
“As a person who has fallen in love with [George] Gershwin a long time ago, I can’t be objective about his work, or that of his brother Ira, because it all goes too deep into my soul,” Feinstein says. “Since I first heard them decades ago, the songs have felt personal, and as I have sung them over the years, they have become multi-faceted diamonds revealing new angles of truth and depth with each exploration.”
Indeed, as a young man of 20, Feinstein spent six years working with Ira Gershwin as an assistant and archivist, among other roles. It was a period that helped shape his entire musical career, from his debut in 1987 Pure Gershwin From.
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